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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Simple tip for future 1Ls
« on: January 06, 2006, 02:24:34 AM »
My locker works for me during the day, but i carry two bags (a backpack and a laptop bag) so i have plently of room in between. It's fun trying to load all those books with you to Starbucks, chicks dig guys toting law books  ::)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any suggestions for Pre-1L reading???
« on: December 31, 2005, 08:38:29 PM »
I second (or third) the E&E guides, but I wouldnt read them before school starts. If you read the chapters that corresponds to the day's lecture, you will be in great shape. Civ Pro and Contracts are the best IMO and the Torts guide is really good about explaining Negligence but not much else.

There is probably a better forum for this tip, but definitely buy Bar/Bri when school starts and look at the first book they give you. The best part of the program now is the access to the online lectures (the series for Civ Pro saved my ass and had the best Erie explanation I have come across).

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Does this really happen?
« on: December 28, 2005, 08:29:43 PM »
Vandy did it, and offered scholarship incentives for a few to defer when they were over-enrolled two years ago.

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It was a toss up for me. I was waitlisted at GMU the year before (up to the final 20) and was out right rejected the next year (not even a deferral). My LSAT went up 8 points, I worked for a law firm and non-profit in DC, and revamped my PS. I was also waitlisted at SMU the year before and was admitted the next year early action. It really depends on the school and what you have to offer.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: DC
« on: December 28, 2005, 08:23:50 PM »
I lived in DC last year and had a love/hate relationship with the city. I lived a few blocks from the Capitol (near Eastern Market) and worked in Georgetown (my stop was next to Foggy Bottom). The Metro is usually decent and reliable, but stay away from the red line on thursday nights. Parking is expensive and driving can be a real female dog, especially with all the contruction in the city itself and the streets are already narrow as it is. I only drove when I knew I was going to work past midnight (the Metro closes at midnight on the weekdays and 2AM on the weekends so watch out for any late night studying or you will be relying the cabs). I liked the city for its events and atmosphere but I really didnt most of the people.

If you are planning on meeting someone at the bar or a night club, you must have a business card, a resume, or a large photo of you with a CV on the back. You must also have your SAT score, your LSAT score, your rank, who you interned for, who you support politically, registration of what kind of car you drive, and a copy of the check daddy sent to Congressman so-and-so. I exagerate, but not by much. People ALWAYS network here and when you walk down the street, no one looks at you in the eye (the reason is, once you make eye contact a bum asks you for money). This is the main reason why i didnt like DC (im from the South and used to good Mexican food and hospitality, plus I hate networking).

Very true about COL....if you find an apartment with doors, indoor plumbing, that is close to a Metro and is under $1500 a month, consider it a bargain. Other than that, you will definitely love DC....just dont support Republicans and you will be safe.

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Sucks that you dont like W&L. I am considering transferring there if my grades are good enough (not sure if they will be since a couple of exams really kicked my ass). I think I would prefer to remain here, but I am hoping I can use a transfer as leverage for scholarships at my current school.

If I were you, I would look at transferring to Fordham, GW, GULC, Hasting, Davis, and other schools close to the W&L rankings. If you dont mind the South in general, check out Vandy and Emory. 

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: top 10 gorgeous law schools....
« on: December 22, 2005, 12:07:05 PM »
I concur on SMU. The architecture almost makes it worth contending with the popped collars and Range Rovers.

SMU looks great on the outside, but the inside sucks (especially the library). Oh and don't worry about the popped collars in the law school....the whole class makes fun of this one girl for it (she even wears a sweater around her shoulders at times). Her nickname is "Buffy." lol The Ranger Rover comment isnt far off, but the rich folks here dont act as snobby as I expected....they are just a little clueless. ;)

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midjeep your avatar is so funny i nearly choked on my coffee this morning

Thanks, it brought me what little joy I had during the application process....I think I should start looking at it next semester during Contracts. ;)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: I really like Washington & Lee....
« on: December 19, 2005, 10:00:58 PM »
I really dont think students ever steal eachother's laptops or books (but it could be a possibility). Schools in large cities have a problem because the library is open to the public.

I doubt law libraries anywhere are open to the public.  And unfortunately, there are plenty of dishonest law students out there.

Well I know SMU is. You either have to have a BAR card to get in or just sign in at the front. I actually had a non-lawyer who is not a student ask me where a book was when I was working on my memo. But I agree that there are dishonest students out there.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any suggestions for Pre-1L reading???
« on: December 19, 2005, 09:58:18 PM »
All:

I have heard that "Getting to Maybe" is a great book. That being said, I am a 2L, and I think you should just relax before starting your "journey".   Enjoy the time off;  your first year, especially the first three or four weeks, will be very stressful.

I am a 1L, and I agree with the comment about relaxing. Read for enjoyment because you will not have time afterwards. I read the Harry Potter series, a bunch of Kennedy Bios, and a number of Martini criminal fictions the summer before law school. Also, make sure you read SOMETHING to train your brain...you will be reading A LOT. You don't have to be a speed reader but you do have to have the stamina to read a lot in one sitting. I would also recommend practicing typing if you suck at it like me (believe me, you will be thanking yourself during your TORTS final).

Hey you big purple Hippo....how was first semester? Tech has been great...but the wait for grades is just as unbearable as waiting for the LSAT scores to come back!



So far so good. The students werent as bad as I expected and I actually had fun when memos werent due. We have to wait till the end of February for our grades. Glad things are working out over there. I might actually go to the Cotton Bowl to watch the raiders play with some ex-raiders that go to school here.

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